Jean Wallace (Jean Walasek)

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
Teenage fashion model and Earl Carroll showgirl Jean Wallace failed in her first bid to break into movies, after MGM discovered that she was only 17, not 19 years old - as she had claimed. Being underage meant that she could only work four hours a day (and with an official tutor) and so her bit in Ziegfeld Girl (1941) was all there was. At Paramount, her luck improved. Signed to a six months contract (plus complimentary tutor) the platinum blonde insurance salesman's daughter made her first motion picture appearance in a credited part in Louisiana Purchase (1941). Read more...